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Old August 30 2013, 11:18 AM   #16
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

Incidentally, my current microwave is the same old microwave that I grew up with. My parents gave it to me when I went off to college, and it's still going strong after being nearly as old as me!

It is too old to have a popcorn button, and even if it did, I wouldn't use it. I haven't made popcorn in at least 15 years.
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Old August 30 2013, 12:27 PM   #17
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

Mine doesn't even have a popcorn button.

It however has a button for cooking a premade frozen pizza at various weights and when it's done it's pretty good.

Since Germany isn't a big popcorn nation (was never offered popcorn while at friends and you can't find it readily available in stores) i guess there is no need for such a button.. cultural differences i guess (the same applies to cup holders in cars.. from what i hear a car without one has a hard time in the US, in Germany it's not a decisive criterium).
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Old August 30 2013, 02:32 PM   #18
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

My machine dates from 1990 making it...crap...23 years old! Thus it's wattage is still in the 3 digit range. If I simply place the bag upon the turn-table, barely half of the kernals pop. But I elevate the bag by using a "Corning" brand "grabber" (a squat cylindrical soup bowl with a flange for, well, gripping) topped with microwave safe plate. this positions the bag closer to the dead center of the chamber where the "emitter" is focused. Then I set the machine for 3 minutes 33 seconds and just keep an ear and nose open when it had reached the last 33 seconds.

Also, I don't cook the standard sized bags as that is usually to much for just me (and I'll "graze" until it's all gone, can't stop myself). So I purchase smaller, "single serving" bags that are just right and so I don't feel "bloated" afterwards.

Sincerely,

Bill

P.S. I guess I should state that, no, my microwave does NOT have a "popcorn" button given its age.
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Old August 30 2013, 04:10 PM   #19
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

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My microwave doesn't have a popcorn button (and in fact, I never saw a microwave with a "popcorn" button. Must be an American thing.)
Neither does mine (and I think you may very well be right there).

It's been ages since I made micro-popcorn so I don't remember how I did them... but the first time ever I popped in the micro I timed it.

It was my idea to program one of the buttons to be my popcorn button, but I didn't even need to do that as the time I found perfect for one bag (only one size available here), was a time I could reach by pressing the START-button a couple of times.

The defrost and roast chicken-button, however, is fantastic! -works brilliantly every time!
(I should mention that my oven is a combo of grill, convection, and micro-oven).
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Old August 30 2013, 04:33 PM   #20
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

Don't have a popcorn button, this microwave is a bit old and weak. I've used them before and they are okay, I'm just not a huge popcorn fan.
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Old August 31 2013, 05:25 AM   #21
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

I love microwave popcorn. I have never used the button though, as I don't trust it. In fact I've never used any of the preset microwave buttons. I just assume they would be wrong.
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Old August 31 2013, 08:36 AM   #22
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

My microwave doesn't have popcorn-button either. It only has two dials, one for timer and the other for power. A cheap thing.
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Old August 31 2013, 08:53 AM   #23
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

microwaved popcorn is nasty. i can't imagine anyone eating enough of it to require a special button.
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Old August 31 2013, 08:59 AM   #24
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

I buy it by the box (Pop Weaver; 15 packs for $3). The family eats it a bit more than I do, but I like popcorn, and for me the microwave does a fine job of getting it all nice and popped.
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Old August 31 2013, 09:05 AM   #25
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

It works pretty great, but...

thestrangequark wrote: View Post
I've never made popcorn in the microwave before, only on the stove.
...you make popcorn on the stove. Only way to do it.
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Old August 31 2013, 11:10 AM   #26
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

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My microwave doesn't have popcorn-button either. It only has two dials, one for timer and the other for power. A cheap thing.
D... dials?
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Old August 31 2013, 12:32 PM   #27
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

^You know... like on the TV
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Old August 31 2013, 01:42 PM   #28
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

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My microwave doesn't have popcorn-button either. It only has two dials, one for timer and the other for power. A cheap thing.
Oh we used to have one of those that mom and ad bought at the end of the 80s, I loved that thing. I had it down to a science making things in that!
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Old August 31 2013, 01:48 PM   #29
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

It's pretty ass. It burns the popcorn.
So I take it out at 2:30. There's some unpopped ones but the popped ones taste perfect so it's a decent trade off.

I'm a big fan of microwave popcorn... almost as good as the theatre.
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Old August 31 2013, 04:23 PM   #30
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Re: How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

Never worked too well as it always tends to burn the popcorn, so I end up just entering the time manually.

Recently, one brand started offering mini snack bags, which have a flaw. Following the directions on the package and the bags start to burn at the seams when it's not even halfway done, before it fully puffs up.
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